Most grammar sources and Grammarly app say that uncountable nouns can not be used in plural form! However, what about the case when we talk about different types of uncountable noun?

For example, let us take water! Water can be of many type sugary water, tap water, sludge water, desalinated water, RO water, tube-well water, coloured water and what not. Can't I then use waters in this context? Let's take another example - Hunger!

Hunger can be of many types - hunger for food, hunger for success, spiritual hunger, hunger for money, hunger for fame and so on! Can't I use hungers then when referring to these many types of hungers?

This is true for most of the abstract/uncountable nouns!

I, particularly, was baffled when Grammarly labeled the following sentence of mine as grammatically wrong. "It is highly difficult to achieve that stability and harmony which is needed for success in spiritual world without satiating our worldly desires, hungers". Grammarly wants to change hungers to hunger. While I mean various kinds of hunger as mentioned above.

Please have a look at the opinion of a linguist on Quora on this subject! https://qr.ae/TWtuBd

PS: I have also asked this question on English learner (ell) website but didn't get satisfactory response there. That is why asking here!

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    Hello. PK. This has been covered on ELU before. Usages, not nouns, are count or non-count. Thus 'I prefer tea to coffee' shows a non-count usage for coffee (and for tea), whereas 'coffee' is countified in 'The two coffees most commonly encountered are arabica and robusta'. That being said, there are grey areas, also already addressed. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 23 at 17:00
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    The short answer is that Grammarly, like any other automated "grammar checker," is not fully reliable, and at least in 2019, does not substitute for a human editor. Most, if not all, mass nouns can be used in a countable way in some situations, and I see no grammatical problems with your sample sentence. See e.g. When can uncountable nouns be countable?, Can I use the word “milks”, and Why is bread uncountable? – choster Jul 23 at 18:33
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    Possible duplicate of Term for Uncountable Nouns, Mass Nouns which are sometimes countable; you might also find this answer helpful. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 23 at 18:44
  • In your example,"hungers"is fine, but I"d change "which is needed" to "which are needed", to match the plural "stability and harmony". – Andreas Blass Jul 24 at 3:35

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